Jan Cox Talk 0448

Satire, Insults and the Pearly Gates

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Jan Cox Talk 0448 - January 23, 1989  - 1:26
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  ["Upping the stakes" is what makes Some Success (failure) at This Thing so extremely distasteful. This is why J. so rarely exhorts the Group, in a random or vague fashion to change. The Real Revolutionist should not lightly undertake anything. Rather than engage in internal dialogue about possible benefits of This Thing, ask: Do I personally need New Intelligence? Are you using This Thing as an excuse for failure in your ordinary life? ]
  [There are three possible levels of insult: 
 1) "Don't insult me" ("don't you know what kind of a guy I am?"); this is the ordinary City level. 
 2) "Don't insult Life" (non-individual, more complex intelligence of the would-be Revolutionary). 
 3) "Don't cause Life to insult itself". 
  [The ultimate blasphemy for the Real Revolutionist: attempting to change by saying so but not doing so. You've got to be somebody to insult yourself. ]
  ["An angry man cannot recognize satire". Recall the profitable attitude for a Real Revolutionist to have, suggested by J.: view every upsetting situation to be a "test" sent by the gods to see how enlightened and worthy of entrance into paradise you are. The least upset precludes recognition, let alone appreciation of the satire that Life spreads everywhere in the City. What if the things that make you mad are just a joke, and you miss it? Miss the opportunity to see around the corner. What if the "Day of Judgment" is an accounting of how many satires you were able to recognize? Look into the mirror and see if you can recognize satire.